Ranking the ice rinks of NYC


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Now that the holiday season is in full swing and ice skating rinks have been brought back to the city, it’s possible to find yourself overwhelmed with the many great options. Luckily, The Pace Press is here to tell you which rinks are worth trying. Find the rink that is best for you, put on your skates and get to it! Challenge yourself by stepping away from the wall–falling is inevitable.

The Rink at Bryant Park’s Winter Village

If you want to be in the center of all the holiday magic (and potentially save a little money), this is the place for you. Every day, The Rink opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. on the weekdays, and at midnight on the weekends. Since it’s usually a busy rink, it is best to make a reservation for your 55-minute skating session. The prices vary depending on the date and time, typically starting at $20, but if you bring your own skates, the activity is free! There is a fee to check your bag, so leaving your items at home might be best. This is a great option if you want to people-watch but not be too crowded on the ice. When you’re done skating, be sure to stop by the shops and do some gift shopping.

Wollman Rink in Central Park

For anyone who wants a classic NYC moment, skating in Central Park is the best option for you. Located in the city’s most popular park, the Wollman Rink might be the most well-known of all the ice rinks. The schedule varies throughout the week, so make sure you check what day would be best for you. Adult tickets are $15, plus $10 for skate rentals. This rink is also quite large if you are looking for more space to skate. A bonus is that there is no rush to skate here since they will remain open until March! Fun fact: the rink terminated business contracts with Donald Trump after the Jan. 6 insurrection in the U.S. Capitol.

The Rink at Rockefeller Center

Get a close-up view of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree when you skate at Rockefeller Center’s rink! They are open from 9 a.m. to midnight and admission and skate rentals come in a package–they do change their prices depending on their dates and times, though, so keep that in mind. This is the perfect experience for those who want to be a part of the hustle and bustle of the city since Rockefeller Center attracts a large crowd during the holidays. Though The Rink is on the smaller side, there are set times for everyone to skate, leaving room for everyone on the ice. The Rink was also inspired by a skate salesman who lived through the Great Depression–it was opened for the first time on Christmas Day in 1936!

The Rink at Brookfield Place

Finally, for all the students who want to stay close to campus, head to The Rink at Brookfield Place. During the week, they are open from 2 p.m. to 9:15 p.m., but on weekends they are open at 9 a.m. Weekday reservations cost $15 with a $5 skate rental fee, and weekends are only $4 more expensive. It’s not the city’s biggest rink, but it does have something the other ones don’t–a view of the Hudson River. They also have public skating events if you want to watch or even perform on the ice.